IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 852: Racism and Medievalism beyond the Contemporary US

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:IMC Programming Committee
Organiser:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Paper 852-aConfederate Gothic: Medievalism, Memory, and the American Civil War
(Language: English)
Josh Davies, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 852-bEurocentricity, Racism, and Intangible Cultural Heritage
(Language: English)
Heather Maring, Department of English, Arizona State University
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Comparative, Literacy and Orality, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 852-cRace and Medievalism in Gilberto Freyre's Mozarabic Brazil
(Language: English)
Nadia Altschul, School of Modern Languages & Cultures (Hispanic Studies), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
Paper 852-dFragile Masculinity and Beleaguered Womanhood: The Construction of White Gender in Some Swedish Asatru Groups
(Language: English)
Kristina Hildebrand, Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Abstract

This session discusses some of the links between medievalism and racism that have become all too evident in the US in 2017, but looks both beyond the US and beyond the present: to medievalist architecture in the American Civil War as bolstering ideas about race (Davies), to linking the Eurocentrism of medieval studies to their privileging of text over orality and non-verbal communication, and proposing an alternative model (Maring), and a Brazilian medievalist derivation of race (Altschul). It will also include Hildebrand’s paper on intersectionality of sexism and racism in contemporary Sweden.